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CACREP Environmental and Specialty Standards

Community Counseling

The following are specialty standards for community counseling only:

Environmental Studies

The program includes curricular experiences related to the general environment or system in which the student intends to practice. Environmental studies include such general areas as knowledge of history, philosophy, trends, purposes, ethics, legal aspects, standards, and professional roles. Additional general information is included such as organizational and administrative structures, staffing patterns, typical physical facilities, employment and evaluation procedures, operational resources, provisions for continuing professional development, and relationships between the various counseling and helping services within that system.
HDC 501, HDC 524, HDC 530, HDC 587, HDC 590

Specialized Studies

The program includes curricular experiences related to the specific and unique knowledge skills needed for the particular setting in which, or client population with which, the student intends to work. Specialized studies include such areas of study as (a) knowledge of characteristics of clients typically served in the setting; (b) specifically appropriate skills unique to the particular setting; and c) resources available for gaining information and developing skills uniquely applicable to the particular work setting.

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School Counseling

The following are environmental and specialty standards for school counseling only:

Environmental Studies

This area is the study of the school setting in which the counselor plans to practice. The school counselor is a skilled professional who is able to demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • history HDC 531
  • philosophy HDC 531
  • trends HDC 531
  • purpose and objectives HDC 531
  • ethics HDC 501, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • legal systems HDC 531
  • standards HDC 531
  • roles within the school HDC 531

Specialized Studies

The program embraces a developmental approach in its service delivery model.

1. In the area of organization and administration, the school counselor is able to:

  • Assess school environment, physical facilities, procedures, knowledge, and objectives.
    HDC 531
  • Assist students in the transition to the next grade and/or educational level.
    HDC 531
  • Inform administrators, teachers, students, and parents about the service delivery and comprehensive nature of the guidance program.
    HDC 531

2. Through counseling, coordination, and consultation the school counselor is able to:

  • Provide individual and group counseling to students to meet their remedial, preventive, and developmental needs.
    HDC 511, HDC 512, HDC 513, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Assist students with educational and career decision-making through individual and group guidance.
    HDC 524, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Provide consultation to teachers with special emphasis on helping students with developmental needs, behavioral assessment and classroom management.
    HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Consult with parents regarding child’s academic and social adjustment.
    HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Promote a cooperative relationship between the school, business, industry, and community agencies.
    HDC 531
  • Contribute to curriculum development (e.g., career, psychosocial, psychoeducational).
    HDC 531

3. In the area of appraisal, the school counselor is able to:

  • Assist with the coordination of the testing program.
    HDC 524, HDC 531, HDC 575, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Administer assessment instruments to assist students in understanding their interests, aptitudes, and abilities for the purpose of rendering educational, social, and career decisions.
    HDC 524, HDC 531, HDC 575, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Interpret test scores to students, parents, faculty, and administrators.
    HDC 531, HDC 575, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Facilitate the placement of students utilizing appraisal data.
    HDC 524, HDC 531, HDC 575, HDC 587, HDC 590

4. With regard to placement, follow-up, and referral, the school counselor is able to:

  • Assist students in achieving successful educational and career placement based on interests, aptitudes, abilities, and achievements.
    HDC 524, HDC 531, HDC 575, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Coordinate referrals to school psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other community providers.
    HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Participate with interdisciplinary teams to review special student cases.
    HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Conduct follow-up studies on graduates.
    HDC 531, HDC 590
  • Provide periodic follow-up reports to administrators, parents, and teachers regarding student progress and/or adjustment.
    HDC 524, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590

5. In the area of program planning, management, and evaluation, the school counselor is able to:

  • Conduct needs assessment of students, teachers, and parents to determine the scope and delivery of the guidance program.
    HDC 531, HDC 590
  • Design systems to measure student outcomes related to the guidance and counseling program.
    HDC 531, HDC 590
  • Develop school guidance plans based on student needs that include goals, objectives, resources, and timelines.
    HDC 531, HDC 590
  • Prepare, interpret, and disseminate findings from guidance program evaluation, and follow-up studies to school personnel, parents, and students.
    HDC 531, HDC 590

6. The school counselor demonstrates a commitment to professional ethics, growth, and development by being able to:

  • Adhere to the ethical standards of the counseling professions.
    HDC 501, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Respect the cultural differences and values of all ethnic groups.
    HDC 501, HDC 515, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Demonstrate positive human relations skills by showing respect for the worth and dignity of all students.
    HDC 501, HDC 511, HDC 512, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Participate in ongoing professional development activities.
    HDC 501, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590
  • Adhere to established laws, rules, and regulations.
    HDC 501, HDC 531, HDC 587, HDC 590

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Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

The following are environmental and specialty standards for marriage, couple and family counseling only:

Environmental Studies

This area relates to the general environment or system in which individuals intend to practice. The marriage, couple, and family counselor t is a skilled professional who is able to demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • history of MCFC.
    HDC 534, HDC 558
  • philosophical principles and epistemology .
    HDC 534, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • changes in the family.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559
  • trends in theory and practice.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558 HDC 559
  • goals.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • ethical and legal issues.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • role of MFTs in the community, educational settings and business.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588

Specialized Studies

Students enrolled in the MCFC area of study track will acquire specialized knowledge and skills beyond core requirements and environmental emphases. These skills include:

1. Knowledge areas in marriage, couple and family counseling

Studies in this area include, but are not limited to:

  • Social-cultural differences as related to the family.
    HDC 515, HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Relationship/developmental stages of couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Terminology used in MCFC.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Methods of assessing (diagnosing) families and general systems.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Human sexuality issues and problems related to family functioning.
    HDC 537, HDC 545
  • Substance abuse and addiction issues related to family functioning.
    HDC 525, HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Basic interviewing and case management skills in working with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Pre-marital counseling/therapy practices and techniques.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Parenting skills, training practices, and methods.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588

2. Theories of working with couples and families including, but not limited to:

  • communication
  • strategic
  • structural
  • experiential
  • behavioral
  • intergenerational
  • psychodynamic
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • General treatment methods in marital, couple and family counseling.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Intervention techniques appropriate to specific marital and family presenting problems.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Journals in marriage, couple and family counseling.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Referral methods and resources for working with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Knowledge of one’s own family of origin and influencing factors related to professional and personal development.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588

3. Clinical skills in marriage, couple and family counseling

Skills in this area would include, but not be limited to:

  • Establishing rapport/relationships with couples and families beginning therapy.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Conducting interviews with couples and family systems.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Integrating systemic thinking and intervention strategies in work with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Diagnosing family problems and identifying healthy family functioning.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Applying family systems theories with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Developing hypotheses and setting goals in working with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Receiving and using feedback in supervision with families.
    HDC 588, HDC 590
  • Following ethical practices in working with families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Referral of couples and families to appropriate help resources.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Applying research findings and reading appropriately in working with couples and families.
  • HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Identifying personal blocks in working with specific couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Demonstrating the change process in working with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Demonstrating processes and practices used in working in pre-marital counseling.
    HDC 537
  • Conveying respect (understanding, acceptance, warmth) in working with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Observing and identifying interactional systems influencing the family.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Demonstrating sensitivity in working with couples and families with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
    HDC 515, HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588
  • Presenting a professional image in working with couples and families.
    HDC 534, HDC 536, HDC 537, HDC 558, HDC 559, HDC 588

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